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Isaiah Whitehead has signed a multi-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets ahead of his first NBA Summer League game with the franchise on Saturday.

Announced late on Friday night, Whitehead is now officially a Net, joining Chris McCullough as the only two New York-natives to lace ’em up for the franchise.

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Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but the contact is thought to be a $500,000/year rookie minimum contract.

The ink has dried just hours before Isaiah will see his first NBA action when the Nets take on the reigning champion Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League at 4:30 on NBA TV.

How’s that for an introduction to the League?

  • So before taxes and assuming it’s a 2-year 500k deal (I know there can be caveats..), Isaiah will make in 2 years what the average person will make in 20+ years.


    • fouline

      Chris, the average person doesn’t have his talent and drive and leadership abilities.

    • Fishjam

      Rookie minimum this year is $543K and next yr 2nd yr minimum is $870K. But Zach B tweeted Isaiah got the 2 years FULLY guaranteed and at late 1st round money. If that is case he’s looking at around $2M combined over the first 2 years. In either case, whether he got the minumum $1.4 or closer to $2M, the key is he got both years fully guaranteed which is very, very rare for a 2nd round pick.

      So far everything has worked out well for Isaiah, congrats to him. I definitely didn’t think he made the right decision coming out early but getting 2 yrs guaranteed, I can’t argue anymore.

  • shufaninva

    Good for him!!!
    I know he is excited.
    Good kid!!!

  • fouline

    Terrfic! But that was the easy part. The next challenge will be to make the team. Can’t wait to see you play.

  • hallstorm

    Congrats Isaiah! Let’s make some magic happen

  • Jersey Jerry

    Let’s hope that he’s got some good financial assistance and the deal is multi-years … happy for him and looking forward to seeing what he can do in this next level.

  • PadrePirate

    Anyone follow the Nets enough to know if any roster moves are on the horizon?

    I count 5 PGs with isaiah. Could be tough to make the team, much less get some PT.

    • Who are those 5?

      • PadrePirate

        Lin, Larkin, Sloan, brown + isaiah, unless any of them have been moved and websites not updated. I know nothing at all about the Nets, so just a naive inquiry.

        • Matty P

          From what I’ve seen I believe Larkin, Sloan, and Brown are free agents which I don’t believe the Nets have resigned. So that leaves just Lin and Whitehead with Yogi Farrell getting a chance in the summer league. I think the lack of players was the big reason they went after Lin so quickly once free agency started and why they were linked to Rondo.

          • Also heard that Larkin is likely not returning. Not sure about the other 2.

          • PadrePirate

            Sounds like isaiah could get decent minutes as a rookie, if he grows into these new shoes. If the Nets don’t pick up Rondo, even more court time available.

  • 11yearplan

    Congrats to Isaiah. Clearly he made the right choice (although I was worried for him at the time). Hopefully between his Mother and agent they take most of the money and invest it for him so that he can have a revenue stream for the rest of his life.

    Padre: I would not worry about playing time. Fouline layed out his skill set. Isaiah has risen up to every challenge in the past and I believe he will do so again with the Nets.

  • Can confirm the game against Central Conn State. Completes the schedule. They were worst KenPom team last season; Donyell Marshall’s first season as coach is this coming year

    • PadrePirate

      What? Does that mean we added them to our OOC schedule?!? Why would KW do such a thing? They are SO many better teams nearby who are consistently top 100, which fish and others have named numerous times, like Monmouth, Princeton, RI, et al. Why sink our RPI which the worst of all cupcakes?

      • Would imagine its because the Saint Peter’s game fell through later than expected and they didn’t have many options to choose from. I don’t know that for sure, though

        • PadrePirate

          Makes sense, but shame, only the very worst D1 was left. I’d rather play the scarlet knights in that case!

    • fouline

      Sounds like a favor. A really big favor if PadreP is right and it drops our RPI.

  • Anyone watch IW play yesterday? 10 pts and 1 ast with a few boards in 20~ minutes.

    • Thehall

      7 turnovers. Wish him luck but he should of stayed another year.

      • Matty P

        I think part of his first game struggles could have been nerves. I saw a quote from Whitehead where he mentioned that he thought the game was moving really quickly which would make sense since he’s going from college to 1st or 2nd year NBA players or fringe NBA level players. The staff also mentioned they see him as a PG but that it will take some time for him to become accustomed to the position.

        It looks like he had a better stat line from his game yesterday (25~ mins, 10 pts (only 1 other Nets player in double figures), 57% fg% (1-1 from 3), 2 assists, 2 TO, and 2 steals).

      • Joe Schmoe

        Remember, “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. He’s getting paid +$500k to play basketball this next season. Thats +$500k more than if he stayed at the Hall. There were no guarantees if he stayed another year. He might have gotten hurt again, missed a bunch of games, who knows. Then what does next years draft look like? What if there was another stellar year and another first round exit? Chances are highest he winds up in the same place next season as he did this year. He’s signed a pro contract and realized his dream of getting paid to play basketball. He broke through the glass ceiling. SHU and Kevin Willard are now a viable path to the league and we have Isaiah to thank for taking the risk and forging that path. Hope we get more like him in the coming years. Best of luck to him, i will never forget the experience of being at MSG seeing the BEC game live.

      • fouline

        He’ll adjust to the pro game. He’s talented and smart.

      • This seems like a knee-jerk reaction, no?

  • Fishjam

    Looks like he will get almost eactly $2 Million guaranteed which is absolutely incredible for a 2nd round pick. May not seem like a lot compared to what NBA vets get but this is a Home Run deal for a 2nd rounder.

    He took a big gamble coming out as a 2nd rounder but it only takes 1 team to love you and Brooklyn obviously does as they’re treating him like a 1st rounder. I would counsel most players in Isaiah’s shoes to stay another year as I doubt many other 2nd round picks will get this much guaranteed money but he rolled the dice and came up a winner.

    Money-wise he is getting paid the same as 1st round picks #27-30 who are subject to NBA Scale Here’s what i’ve seen reported for Z:

    Year 1 – $967,515 (full guarantee)
    Year 2 – $1,020,225 (full guarantee)
    Year 3 – $1,064,168 (team option)
    Year 4 – $1,126,120 (team option)

    • Joe Schmoe

      Remember, the agent gets 10%, Feds and state and city going to get another 40ish% of that… 21 yr old indulgences…at the end of the day it’s not a lot of $…

      • PadrePirate

        Even half of two million is more money than I’ll make in 50 yrs at my salary.
        Mama should have put a bball in my crib sooner

        • Joe Schmoe

          Ur making sub $20k yearly? There are kids right out of school working as Wall Street analysts making rookie-level pro athlete money.

      • So an indulgence doesn’t count as part of his earnings…? So if he buys a $100k car, doesn’t mean it’s a $100k net loss. Even if he never were to re-sell (fat chance), I think you see my point.

        • Joe Schmoe

          A $100k car is not an “indulgence” Neither is the fancy condo or any other asset. The “indulgences” are the dinners, travel, hotels, flights, bar tabs, all the $ spent with nothing to show for it at the end. We all have them to some degree. Think about it this way…the second news of this contract hit, how many credit cards with no spending limits was he offered?

      • Fishjam

        NBA agents get 4% of contract and often do not take anything from a rookie’s first contract to ensure they get a crack at the potential life-changing 2nd contract.

        Also have to consider the contract is only one revenue stream. I’m sure he has or will sign with UA, Nike or Addidas as well as other endorsements he may get as a Coney Island kid playing in Brooklyn. A lot of perks being an NBA player, I think meal money is up to $150 per day now.

    • fouline

      Fish, what’s great about his contract, it looks like the Nets are investing in him as a future PG. So he has time to develop. Upsides for both.


    Nets play tomorrow in second round of the playoffs